The low priority given to the addictive disorders in the twentieth century meant that services were often only funded by the charitable sector.
Towards the end of the century, the organisations that ran these services were encouraged to become alternative providers, in competition to “statutory” services.
Their status and function is, therefore, somewhat unclear.
Recent reports have suggested that the UK Government has not missed the opportunity to purchase services from other parts of the charitable sector, such as housing , at below cost price, with the expectation that the charity would fund the shortfall from donations.
Addiction charities vary in size and capacity. They include: